April 13, 2017 -

I would like to thank Minister Calenda and our Italian hosts for their hard work in preparing this Ministerial, and for their hospitality.

I was proud to represent the United States today, and I look forward to working with our G-7 partners in the years ahead.

The United States is committed to ensuring universal access to affordable and reliable energy in order to promote economic growth and energy security.

I discussed with my fellow Ministers that the Trump Administration believes that economic growth and the environment can successfully go hand-in-hand.

An example of this success is my experience as a Governor when we made good policy decisions that grew our economy, and added 4 million new residents to my state. At the same time, we reduced our emissions and improved our environment.

As the IEA shared with us during the meeting, renewables will continue to have an important role but traditional sources are still needed for energy and economic security into the foreseeable future.

Therefore, we believe it is wise for countries to use and pursue highly efficient energy resources.  They include:

  • High efficiency, low-emission coal and natural gas with adequate financing from multi-lateral development banks and private sector investment.
  • Advanced civil-nuclear technologies that are proliferation resistant, produce little to no waste and ensure safety. Read more
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